Girliest bike, girliest dress, girliest helmet, bestiest girl.
Hazel, do you want to…no? Really? Okay then.
Yup, Hazel says “mama.” Best baby ever.
This year, Nora’s preschool teacher, Miss Terry, focused on one kid per week, helping the class learn all about that child’s favorite things. On the last day of the week, everybody comes prepared to say something they like about him or her, family is invited to come and do the same, and it all gets written on a big poster. It’s adorable and silly and touching, and there are pictures of me crying to prove it.
Here are the details from Nora’s poster.
Favorite number: 1000
Favorite shape: triangle
Favorite planet: Saturn
Favorite color: black
Favorite animal: zebra
Favorite movie: My Little Pony
Favorite book: In a Dark, Dark Room
Favorite activity at school: markers
Favorite treat: bubble gum
Favorite place: home
Favorite season: winter
What she wants to be when she grows up: ballerina, astronaut, and chef
Nora: I like how I play with my sister Hazel.
Piper: I like Nora because she’s so silly!
Hendrix: I like Nora because she’s very smart. I like to play animals with her.
Andrew: I like Nora because she is gentle and plays nicely.
Elise: I like that Nora is truthful.
Charlie: I like Nora because she’s kind and smart.
Beka: I like how she paints. I like how smart she is.
Ruby: She’s always ready to play when I ask.
Kai: I like Nora because she is friendly and I had a campfire with her.
Alex: Nora is one of my best friends. She shares her toys with me. I like getting slurpees with Nora. Sometimes we get angry and fight, but we are still always friends.
Zoe: I like Nora because she can be really fun. I like that Nora keeps her chair quiet during snack. I like Nora because she has the best imagination!
Grandsir: I like Nora because she is good at tricking. We like to play tricks on each other. I love Nora’s imagination!
Grandma Alison: I love how funny Nora can be. She is so good at making me laugh. She is hilarious when she does her belly roll!
Dad: Nora is my best friend. I love to play with her and I love the things that she says to me. The other day at McDonalds she was explaining to another child that she couldn’t go really fast down the slide because there was too much friction!
Mom: I love how Nora likes to figure out really big, long, new words to use. I love how big her vocabulary is. I also love that she is very tenderhearted. She’s like me in that way, especially toward her little sister Hazel! I love how sometimes she will cry at the end of a movie because it has a happy ending!
Teacher Terry: I love how Nora thinks outside of the box. She is always thinking of different ways to see things! She makes me laugh with all the cool words she uses.
Nora explains what’s in the birthday picture she drew for Kaeleigh.
My (least) favorite part is the stray hairs she drew near my feet. I asked her if she thinks I’m just shedding hairs all the time, gross-style, and Nora responded, “Yeah, Mom. It’s YOU.” Obviously.
I can’t embed this video, but if you click on the link you can see Nora and a neighborhood friend dancing away to Party Rock Anthem on the XBOX Kinect. My favorite part is the side-stepping.
We wanted to go to Zoo Lights with Sarah before she moved, so to Zoo Lights we went–coldest night of the year be damned! Valori met us for a little of what she does best–Hazel wrangling. Luckily the temperature only added to Nora’s natural ferocity.
She’s just really serious about her fun.
Alex and Nora perform Five Little Pumpkins (with only a few distractions).
I’m sure I’ll be back to add a ton more photos eventually (and maybe some costume-making details), but I wanted to show our family’s WordGirl costumes, made for Jillian’s final costume party, Superheroes and Villains. We wore ours again for Halloween, too. Would you let a giant sandwich head go to waste?
Clockwise from Nora in the front, we have: